US FDA Adds Hand Sanitizer Import Alert Category After COVID-19 Production Surge Turned Deadly
Action responds to methanol contamination in hand sanitizers manufactured in Mexico and marketed in the US under numerous brands that followed a loosening standards for the products to drive a swift increase in production and meet surging demand during the coronavirus pandemic.
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FDA asks two Mexican manufacturers for batch and supplier data on the products found to contain mostly methanol instead of ethanol. Its The FDA’s recall records still are frequently updated with announcements of additional recalls of OTC sanitizers due to the presence of methanol.
Unilever’s Suave brand led new sanitizer product sales in 2020, when hand sanitizers total sales grew 569%, according to IRI. Sales of rinseable hand-soap sales grew 64% and antiseptics 19%.
Kimberly-Clark's recall of nearly 3,000 cases of Foam Skin Cleanser soap incorrectly labeled as Moisturizing Foam Hand Sanitizer is among recent recalls added to FDA records.